There are people who believe that our country is being destroyed by political correctness. There have been many studies done on the oversexualizing of girls through the media and clothing companies. Most people would be of common agreement that childhood should be reserved, children are innocent, and are not sexual beings. Some American adults claim that they view children as sexual based on the clothing they are wearing and not the clothing themselves. People do not understand why we are sexualizing children because they happen to be wearing clothing that isn’t as modest as what some people would have their children wear.
Stephanie Papas, a blogger, says that some clothing stores like Gymboree and target tend to manufacture more appropriate clothes for girls which resulted in girls at the top of the age group decline to wear the clothes because they looked juvenile. Sarah Murnen, a social psychologist who was interviewed for the article disputes a claim about sexualized clothing, saying that even though parents might have viewed the clothing as sexual, the children themselves did not People believe that being politically correct at the expense of profit is not necessary to solve this growing problem when the entire issue comes down to the simple fact that parents have the choice of whether to buy or dress their children in what they feel is age appropriate clothing.
I think clothing for little girls is definitely sexualized. In a study done by time magazine, 30% of clothing that is manufactured and advertised to young girls has “sexualized characteristics”. Sexualized clothing is considered anything revealing that emphasizes a specific body part, has a suggestive saying written on it, or looks like something a mature woman would wear. Women are sexual beings, young girls are not. But the propaganda perpetuated from this new trend could make mature men see these girls in a light they should not be in.
Target, one of the largest retail brands for children, was considered one of the biggest offenders as well as Abercrombie Kids. One blogger called out target saying that their clothing for her young daughter was significantly shorter and smaller than at other retailers. This blog gained attention and support on the internet as many mothers began sharing and weighing in on what is considered a growing problem. Sarah Murnen, a professor of psychology at Kenyon College, along with her team of researchers found that on only 15 online stores in the united states there was a total of 5,666 items of girls clothing that were classified as sexualized. Murnen concluded that wearing the clothing could possibly contribute to the development of self-esteem issues and other psychological problems. In a study, it was reported that psychologists said that when young girls wore this type of sexualized clothing, it would cause them to see themselves as sexual beings as well as other people do.